Since my youth, I have grown up around handcrafted aged tea. My father, a pu'er enthusiast who has been sourcing tea for the last 15 years, would bring a tea cake of Laobanzhang pu'er home and would share it around the family table. We would enjoy the subtle flavor differences across multiple infusions and appreciate the balance between the slight bitterness in taste and the richness in natural aroma. But outside of home, even in the cultural diversity of New York City, I realized that tea is more commercialized with blends, tisanes, and bubble tea as the norm. Although aged wine and single-origin coffee have become part of a fine dining experience, tea has not evolved far from the afterthought varietal box of tea bags.
I knew it was time to make a leap of faith and pursue this passion. I left the corporate world to share my personal experiences with vintage single-origin pu'er and help elevate tea culture in NYC and beyond. We embarked on several journeys to Yiwu, an ancient tea mountain in Yunnan and one of the ancestral homes of pu'er. With our family’s decades-long relationship with local farmers, we had our tea leaves harvested from the oldest wild trees. Over countless tasting sessions, we curated our premium aged teas by discerning subtle but unique flavors based on terroir, age of tree, and vintage.
Our selections are rare and high-quality ones that we would have to treat ourselves, savor with family and friends, and gift during special occasions. We are excited to share our tea collections with all of you, modern connoisseurs, to help you satisfy your palate.
Ashley, Founder & CEO
What Makes Our Handcrafted Aged Tea Unique
Sourced from the finest terroir
We go to the origin of tea to find the best tea. For the best pu'er, we go to the ancient tea mountains in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, where historic trees over 100 years old, even 500 years, thrive. For the best white tea, we go to the Fujian Province. We are focused on finding the absolute best and rare tea.
Handcrafted from start to finish
Our tea are not machine processed. Instead, they are handcrafted from the initial handpicking of leaves to pan frying, rolling, sun-drying, and stone-pressing the tea leaves into a tea cake.
Handpicked from wild trees. Naturally organic.
Many consumers think of tea bushes when they think of tea plantations. However, the finest pu'er teas come from historic tea trees located high in elevation where no pesticide is needed. Farmers have to climb the tea trees to handpick the leaves.
Aged in a carefully controlled environment
At Mansa, we ensure you experience our aged tea at its peak by carefully loosening the compressed tea cakes at the time of order. Until then, we store our tea at a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment to ensure optimal aging of our tea products.
No blends or flavored tea. Only single-origin tea.
The world of single-origin tea is complex. With its range of flavors based on terroir, age of tree, and vintage, the journey is an adventure on its own. Instead of showcasing different flavors using blended ingredients, we aim to share different individual traits of unique single-origin aged teas with you.
If you are looking for strong fragrance in your tea, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for depth and complexity, you are at the right place.
Health benefits from drinking fermented aged tea
Pu’er, or pu-erh, as it is often referred to, is a type of dark tea or fermented tea. Fermented tea is a class of tea which has been exposed to humidity and oxygen and undergone controlled microbial fermentation. This process gives the tea additional health benefits that other types of teas do not offer. Read our blog article about health benefits of pu'er.
Re-steep our single serving 5-7+ times
Our single serving contains 3g of tea, or about twice as much as conventional tea bags, as it is meant to be rebrewed multiple times throughout the day. Our Amber Pu'er collection teas can even be brewed 10+ times. To brew your perfect cup of tea, please refer to our brewing guide.
Ready to experience the peak of aged tea?
It is very easy to get overwhelmed with the wealth of choices. We make the decision making process easier for you by offering Taste of First Step, a tea tasting experience designed to introduce pu'er and other aged teas and help you find your favorite aged tea.